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The Department of Counseling and Career Services

Academic Counseling

Choosing a Major with a Deliberate Approach

I.       SELF-ASSESSMENT         

http://www.njcan.org/loginmain.aspx?SiteType=6&cookieTest=y 

1.      To log in use option # 2
2.      Then enter Town, zip code and then the area code
3.      Use the Assessment Tools start off with the Interest Profiler

Who am I?

  • Ask yourself are you knowledgeable of a certain set of principles and facts that can be applied in some general area? 
2.    Click on "Advanced Search"
3.    Scroll down to O*Net Data and browse your descriptor to assess.
  • A Middlesex County College career counselor can help you explore these areas and help you use various self assessment instruments and computerized systems to assist in this process.
  • Call the Department of Counseling and Career Services to make an appointment with a career counselor (732-906-2546) or stop in the department in Edison Hall 100.

II.       CAREER EXPLORATION   

 What are the possibilities? Click the links below to see What You Can Do with a Major in… 

http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~cswebpg/CareerHandouts.shtml

http://uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html 

  • Identify majors and careers that reflect what you uncovered in your self assessment.  You can accomplish this by identifying 1) occupations or career areas, which interest you and 2) academic majors, which prepare you for these areas.
  • Middlesex County College majors are listed in the Middlesex County College catalogue.
  • Extensive information on careers is available in the Career and Transfer Center in Edison Hall 100.

III.       OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH

 Research and occupations:

2. To log in use option #2
3. Then enter City or Town then the zip code
4. Using Occupation & Employment begin your research
  
  • Do informational interviews with people in career fields you are exploring.
  • Talk with faculty, department chairs, and advisors in academic departments you are considering at Middlesex County College.
  • Use the Internet to research specific career information.  Counselors can provide you with helpful web sites to begin your research.
  • Find part-time jobs, summer jobs, and volunteer work and /or internships in fields you are considering to test out your choices and gain related work experiences.
  • The Career Services Department in Edison Hall 100 can assist you in this area.
  • Take some college courses in the fields you are considering.
  • Job shadow people in the fields you are considering.

IV.       ACTION PLAN        

Evaluate Options. Make Choices and Establish a Plan

  • Based upon your criteria and goals, weigh the evidence you have gathered.
  • Prioritize and narrow your career options and make a decision for an initial plan.  Determine the steps required to implement your plan and develop a timeline.
  • Meet with a career counselor and your academic advisor to monitor your plan and make appropriate adjustments.

V.       FOLLOW-UP              

Review the Decision and the Consequences

  • Once you have implemented the career decision, periodically reevaluate your choice to determine if it is meeting your needs.  If it is not, go back through these steps to determine if there is a career, which better fits your needs.
    Remember that people change careers 4-11 times throughout their lives.  Career planning is a continuous process of self assessment, exploration, and decision making.